3 Steps to Get Ready for the Semester with ExamSoft

August 31, 2016 Kristen Hicks

It’s that time of year again. You have a new influx of students and a perfect opportunity to try some new approaches (while sticking with the old ones that you know work).

You probably have a typical routine for getting ready for the new semester, but this year why not let ExamSoft help you prep your curriculum with last year’s results in mind? If you’ve used ExamSoft for most of your exams and subjective assessments and have tagged each one with the learning objectives they’re designed to achieve, last year’s assessment data can certainly help you going into this year.

3 Steps to Help You Prepare for A Successful Semester

  1. Review last year’s assessment analytics.

Do a review of all the data you have from last year. For each class and assessment, analyze which techniques you tried that worked well, and which ones fell short of the results you were hoping for. See if you find any specific lectures or assignments that didn’t teach your students what they needed to, so you can hone in on which parts of your curriculum can best benefit from some tweaking.

2. Consider new techniques you’d like to try and how best to track their success.

Every year brings new trends in education and different assignment ideas to try. Have you thought about having your students create podcasts as an assignment this semester? Or have you considered including more interactive elements in your lectures?

If you have ideas for new types of learning or assignments you’d like to implement, then you should work out a way to track their success as you go. Figure out the best tags to use so it’s easy to review how well this year’s experiments pay off.

That way, when this time rolls around next year, you’ll have clear evidence of which techniques to use more and which to either discard or try with a different approach.

3. Review any information you have on this year’s crop of students.

If your school has been using ExamSoft to track longitudinal assessment data, then you should have access to information on how your students learn and what their typical strengths and weaknesses are before they ever step into the classroom.

If the data show that a good number of your students respond well to more interactive assignments rather than lots of reading, you can make sure to work more assignments into the curriculum that play to their strengths. If the data show that students are coming to you weak in a competence area that’s important to succeeding in the course, you can focus on working on that first.

Each batch of students is different and you’ll have to do some learning as you go to make sure you provide the kinds of lessons and assignments they’ll benefit from most, but if the data’s there, you can get a head start on figuring out what to expect from this bunch.

Your curriculum is up to you, and while it will take your skills and knowledge to transform it into an educational force for your students, ExamSoft can provide a few extra insights into how to make your course stronger both this semester and in those to come.




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